Rachel Tan rates nine of the city’s top croissants and finds a world-class winning pastry at the new Tiong Bahru Bakery. Photos by Alex Westcott
Sun Moulin Bakery
There’s something a bit wrong about
mini croissants in general, and these
just prove the point even further. They
come in regular or chocolate-coloured
varieties and have a sticky surface
glaze over an over-baked, hollow shell
of a croissant. Don’t bother. #B1 Isetan Scotts, 350 Orchard Rd
(6235 6093). MRT: Orchard. Daily
Like a lot of Japanese bakery fare, this
croissant undeniably screams ‘milk and
sugar’, and the hard exterior masks a
hollow inside that almost begs for an
éclair filling. A sweet, not a pastry.
#B2-19 ION Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn
(6509 4434). MRT: Orchard. Mon-Thu 7.30am-10.30pm; Sat 7.30am-11pm; Sun 8.30am-11pm.
Freshly Baked by Le Bijoux
Judging by the way the surface layers fuse together, this one’s more like a soft, slightly crusted bun than a flaky
croissant. The dense, carb-heavy bun has uneven flavours (sometimes on the salty side), and none of the airy elegance of a good croissant.
57 Killiney Rd (6735 3298). MRT: Somerset.
Mon-Fri 8am-7pm; Sat & Sun 8am-4pm.
Délifrance’s offering is solid in a mass-market kind of way. It’s oddly elongated, with no sheen or glaze, and the inside is on the doughy side. Nonetheless, the taste is pretty good, with the right notes of butter and salt. #01-25 UE Square, 81 Clemenceau Ave
MRT: Clarke Quay. Mon-Sat 7.30am-9pm; Sun 7.30am-7pm. More locations online.
This large croissant is rich and delicate,
with a lightly glossed exterior and
tissue-like layers inside, which yield to
minimal, flaky crumbs. Finishing with a
subtle yet aromatic hint of salted butter,
this is an extravagant-tasting croissant.
1 Cluny Rd, Botanic Gardens (6467 7326).
MRT: Botanic Gardens. Daily
Paul draws crowds even on weekday afternoons, and they’ve got a very good croissant, despite a slightly flat
appearance. The inside layers are
compressed but open up when you bite. It’s buttery and less salty than others.
#03-16/17 Ngee Ann City Tower A, 391A Orchard Rd (6836 5932).
MRT: Orchard. Sun-Thu 8.30am-10pm; Fri &
Maison Kayser – HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
A very close second to the Tiong Bahru Bakery version, this entry from French master baker Eric Kayser’s
outlet has a slightly drier, heavier shell that reveals a lightly chewy, flavour-packed
core – perfectly crispy-soft.
#B1-09 Scotts Square, 6 Scotts Rd
(6636 3672). MRT: Orchard. Daily 8am-8pm.
Tiong Bahru Bakery – THE WINNER
This new bakery, led by French baking
supremo Gontran Cherrier, has had plenty of hype, and it’s warranted for its croissant
alone – in our view, the
best in town. Tear it apart to find a web of
flaky, golden-brown layers, meaning every
bite is somehow doughy but airy, with the
perfect level of chew and butter.
#01-70, 56 Eng Hoon St (6220 3430). MRT: Tiong Bahru. Wed-Mon 8am-8pm.
Dean & DeLuca – ONE TO TRY
We just missed the 22 June arrival of New York gourmet brand Dean & DeLuca into Orchard Central. A fine foods café and market, their fresh-baked
croissants get rave reviews in the US. Head down to see if they’re as good as Tiong Bahru Bakery’s version.
#04-23/24 Orchard Central, 181 Orchard Rd (6509 7708). MRT: Somerset. Daily 11am-10pm
First published on 28 Jun 2012. Updated on 13 Jul 2012.